Grade 1 listed Highcliffe Castle, on the Dorset coast is arguably the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture, which flourished at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century.
The Castle was rendered derelict in the 1960’s by fire and abandonment.
Smith and Jones Design Consultants were chosen as the interpretation and exhibition designers to develop a site wide interpretation scheme for the whole visitor experience as part of a larger 2.8 million Heritage Lottery Funded project to restore the East wing.
Our work involved the development of every piece of content for the interpretation scheme, including text and copy writing, audiovisual installations, graphic design, physical displays and hands on interactives.
We developed an interpretation master plan which highlighted the visitor flow and visitor experience, right from the start – from the outside areas, through the ticketing area and over three floors of this substantial building.
Our interpretation tells the story of the people who lived here and called it their home and how a once magnificent building lavishly furnished in the 18th century french style, host to royalty, the rich and famous, was reduced to a fire-ravaged roofless ruin and left derelict for many years.